Chinese President pays state visit to France

16:50, November 05, 2010      

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Chinese President Hu Jintao arrived in Paris Thursday for his second state visit to France aimed at promoting long-term and stable development of comprehensive strategic partnership between China and France.

In a statement released his arrival, Hu said exchanges and cooperation between China and France had achieved rich results in the areas of politics, trade and economy, education, science and technology and culture due to joint efforts of both sides since the two countries established diplomatic ties 46 years ago.

"Under the current international situation that is undergoing profound and complicated changes, China and France share broad common interests and huge potential for cooperation since both are permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and shoulder important responsibilities of international affairs," Hu said.

Hu held talks with French President Sarkozy on promoting the development of the comprehensive strategic partnership between China and France.

During the talks, the two presidents vowed to boost comprehensive strategic partnership between their two countries and double bilateral trade by 2015.

Hu said China, against the backdrop of deep and complex changes in the international situation, hopes to further enrich the China-France relationship and develop comprehensive strategic partnership based on mutual trust and mutual benefit, which is mature and stable and has a global perspective, so as to play a positive role in the development of equal partnerships between big nations in the new situation.

For his part, Sarkozy said France is particularly glad to see China's achievements in its reform and opening-up drive over the past 30 years, which is an unprecedented development process in world history.

During the talks, President Hu also put forward a four-point proposal for the development of bilateral ties.

First, China and France should deepen strategic mutual trust on the basis of mutual respect. Second, the two countries should advance with the times and be creative in practical cooperation to double bilateral trade by 2015. Third, both sides should enhance people-to-people and cultural exchanges by giving full play to each other's advantages. Finally, the two sides should enhance coordination and work together to deal with challenges.

Sarkozy said he fully agreed with Hu's views on further advancing bilateral ties, saying practical cooperation in various fields between the two countries had developed well. France-China cooperation in aviation and space was exemplary, he said.

He added that France has always been supporting the lifting of the European Union's arms embargo on China. China plays an indispensable role in world affairs and the French side is willing to enhance coordination and cooperation with China in international affairs.

President Hu said China is ready to maintain communication with France in efforts to push for cooperation among members of the Group of 20 (G20),as France is to take over the rotating G20 presidency.

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